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I came away in awe of your energy and your calm management of every crisis and emergency.  Your love and knowledge of the region that I so enjoyed in your books came through loud and strong on the trip.  The tour was everything I had hoped for and much more besides.  I hope my limitations were not too much of a drag for the group.  I somewhat surprised myself with how tired I was at the end of each day.  Hot, humid sunshine seems not to be my friend.  Your flexibility and skill at ordering taxis was a godsend and I thank you.  Thank you again for everything and do keep in touch. 

Warm Regards,



I would like to express to you how wonderful this trip was……There was not a moment wasted, and yet, there was time here and there on our own, and in between touring and dinner, that one could do as they please……Rest, shop, have a coffee or a cocktail…….The planning, the tours, the surprises, the dinner locations, the coach bus and the wonderful drivers……the hotels, oh, the hotels!!!   My miniature room at the Cloistre Hotel suited my fancy to a tee…….I have a collection of photos of that window view that will go into a shadow box and hang in a special place in my home……I will never forget the heavenly chimes of the church tower clock several times each day…………Heaven on earth…..I missed those bells this morning……..

I could go on and on….It truly is a trip that I will cherish in my mind forever…..


Just returned home from a fabulous South of France Memories You Promised Yourself Tour with Patricia Sands, author and Deborah Bines, blogger.

These two wonderful ladies shared their love of Southern France with all of us.

Friendships, Food, Laughter, Sights and Happenings were all part of the last 12 days. Much love to everyone    –

Thank you for such an organized and well thought out trip.  It felt like we were Patricia’s and Deborah’s best friends coming to visit them.  I’ve been on other tours before, and I must say this tour was over the top as far as seeing wonderful places and having such great experiences.  You captured moments for us that I think were exclusively for us.



Tonight I say goodbye to France with a promise to myself I will return. Thank you Patricia, Deborah and Nancy for such a wonderful experience and such fun on the South of France Memories tour. How lucky was I to have been part of a wonderful group of ladies for 12 days



I can’t believe we went to all those places!! I’m still soaking up Uzes and getting a rest too. I could stay at least 2 more months!! Thanks to Patricia & Deborah & Nancy.



Thank you for such great planning!





aix en provence mirabeau fountain
promised trip Riviera Nice France
Camargue Safari Aigues Mortes flamingos
Mediterranean sunshine, France
harvest and wine tour france september 2018


Best-selling women’s fiction author Patricia Sands lives in Toronto, Canada, when she isn’t somewhere else. She spends months each year researching her stories in the south of France, her second home. Her fifth novel, Drawing Lessons, set in Arles and the Camargue, was published October 1, 2017.  Connect with Patricia at her Facebook or Amazon Author Page or  her website.


Deborah Bine, the Barefoot Blogger, is a solo female who left South Carolina for Uzés, France on a whim and following a dream. She travels and stumbles through France, where she doesn’t speak the language, sharing the fun, adventures and inspiration along the way. Follow Deborah at on Facebook and Twitter

  • Strolling the seaside Promenade des Anglais in Nice and touring the colorful city
  • Meandering through cobblestone streets of Saint Paul de Vence, filled with history, galleries and charming shops
  • Discovering Eze and the spectacular gardens of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
  • Exploring the ancient harbor town Antibes, Patricia’s home away from home
  • Walking in Cézanne’s footsteps in Aix en Provence
  • Savoring vibrant, trendy Sète and a culinary adventure
  • Living in Arles among roman treasures, world-renowned  architecture and the spirit  of Van Gogh
  • Enjoying a safari to observe the Camargue’s unique flora, fauna and rose-colored salt marshes
  • Experiencing market day in St Remy de Provence & the spectacular Carrières de Lumières in les Baux de Provence
  • Peeking into the Barefoot Blogger’s world in Uzés, Pont du Gard and potters workshops
  • Joining harvest time and tasting the wine

For the detailed itinerary, email

Still undecided?  Listen  to all of the wonderful things Liz had to say about the tour she did last year with Patricia Sands.

Per person US $4375* based on double occupancy / 16 participants

$ 100 Early bird discount (ending January 31st)

First three firm reservations will receive signed copies of Patricia Sands’ novels

Drawing Lessons and The Promise of Provence

Past participant  $100 discount

Bring a friend $100 discount

Included :
  • Airport transfers on arrival
  • Accommodation 11 nights
  • All breakfasts, one lunch and ten dinners
  • Gratuities and taxes
  • Transportation by air-conditioned coach
  • All private guides, activities and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional English speaking guides
  • Tips for guides, drivers, restaurants

Not Included:

  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Meals and beverages other than those included
  • Travel insurance

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“Patricia, I cannot say enough about the excursion in Provence last summer.  Every moment was exquisite!  I continue to feast upon the very vivid memories I have of all the wonderful sights.  You were fabulous as our host because of your knowledge of the area but most of all because of your friendliness and willingness to go the second mile to assure our comfort at all times.  Thank you so much for a lifetime of wonderful memories.”

Joyce , Marganton , North Carolina

“Thank you for an amazing tour of Provence and the French Riviera!  

Without Patricia Sands extensive knowledge of the region, there is no way that I would have been able to do as much or travel to multiple towns on my own. 

Pat, who has a great sense of humour, kept things lighthearted and fun–all the essential ingredients for magnificent group travel.

Patricia went above and beyond, to ensure that we enjoyed a unique and memorable experience, and for that, I am grateful.”  

Trudy, Toronto, Ontario


“As I look back on the amazing photos of my 2 weeks in Nice & Provence, the following bring a smile to my face and warmth in my heart:  spectacular scenery, new friendships, unique shopping finds, delicious food & wine and informative & educational tours, treks, excursions.  Patricia Sands, our Leader, made sure all had an exquisite vacation, she was flexible, very knowledgeable of the areas;  giving her advice, humour and experience in guiding us.  Wouldn’t have been as great as it was without Patricia. Santé !”

Crystal, Oakville, Ontario

Your blogs are captivating!”



“Deborah once again you have given me lots of information about France and your descriptions are perfect!!”



« I only recently found your blog and I am looking forward to continuing to follow it. I am also a solo traveller and I recognize myself in much of what you write about.  Bonne courage ”



“I have been inspired by the writings in your Blog and I can say that you are a brave women. God Bless You. ”



“I am in the process of doing this exact process! I quit my 34 year nursing career, sold my house, purged my belongings, got a divorce and am moving to Provence, France in February. 2018. I will definitely be following your blog! ”



“Just found your blog 7/20/15. We are traveling to Nîmes in late October, and also maybe to Uzes. I read of your new home and life with extreme interest because you are living the dream!”



“Having become obsessed with France a few years ago, and having lived abroad when I was younger, I have a feeling it’s calling to me again – the expat life… For now, I can immerse myself in your adventures. Merci!”



« Many thanks for all your interesting writings. It helps me keep in touch with Uzes and miss the place when I am on the other side of the world.”